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  334.099.  Contested hearing, when, procedure — revocation of license, when — hearing to resume practice, when — rulemaking authority. — 1.  (1)  The board may initiate a contested hearing to determine if reasonable cause exists to believe that a licensee or applicant is unable to practice his or her profession with reasonable skill and safety to the public by reason of medical or osteopathic incompetency, mental or physical incapacity, or due to the excessive use or abuse of alcohol or controlled substances.

  (2)  The board shall serve notice pursuant to section 536.067 of the contested hearing at least fifteen days prior to the hearing.  Such notice shall include a statement of the reasons the board believes there is reasonable cause to believe that a licensee or applicant is unable to practice his or her profession with reasonable skill and safety to the public by reason of medical or osteopathic incompetency, mental, or physical incapacity, or due to the excessive use or abuse of alcohol or controlled substances.

  (3)  For purposes of this section and prior to any contested hearing, the board may, notwithstanding any other law limiting access to medical or other health data, obtain medical data and health records relating to the licensee or applicant without the licensee's or applicant's consent, upon issuance of a subpoena by the board.  These data and records shall be admissible without further authentication by either board or licensee at any hearing held pursuant to this section.

  (4)  After a contested hearing before the board, and upon a showing of reasonable cause to believe that a licensee or applicant is unable to practice his or her profession with reasonable skill and safety to the public by reason of medical or osteopathic incompetency, mental, or physical incapacity, or due to the excessive use or abuse of alcohol or controlled substances the board may require a licensee or applicant to submit to an examination.  The board shall maintain a list of facilities approved to perform such examinations.  The licensee or applicant may propose a facility not previously approved to the board and the board may accept such facility as an approved facility for such licensee or applicant by a majority vote.

  (5)  For purposes of this subsection, every licensee or applicant is deemed to have consented to an examination upon a showing of reasonable cause.  The applicant or licensee shall be deemed to have waived all objections to the admissibility of testimony by the provider of the examination and to the admissibility of examination reports on the grounds that the provider of the examination's testimony or the examination is confidential or privileged.

  (6)  Written notice of the order for an examination shall be sent to the applicant or licensee by registered mail, addressed to the licensee or applicant at the licensee's or applicant's last known address on file with the board, or shall be personally served on the applicant or licensee.  The order shall state the cause for the examination, how to obtain information about approved facilities, and a time limit for obtaining the examination.  The licensee or applicant shall cause a report of the examination to be sent to the board.

  (7)  The licensee or applicant shall sign all necessary releases for the board to obtain and use the examination during a hearing and to disclose the recommendations of the examination as part of a disciplinary order.

  (8)  After receiving the report of the examination ordered in subdivision (4) of this subsection, the board may hold a contested hearing to determine if by clear and convincing evidence the licensee or applicant is unable to practice with reasonable skill or safety to the public by reasons of medical or osteopathic incompetency, reason of mental or physical incapacity, or due to the excessive use or abuse of alcohol or controlled substances.  If the board finds that the licensee or applicant is unable to practice with reasonable skill or safety to the public by reasons of medical or osteopathic incompetency, reason of mental or physical incapacity, or excessive use or abuse of controlled substances, the board shall, after a hearing, enter an order imposing one or more of the disciplinary measures set forth in subsection 4 of section 334.100.*

  (9)  The provisions of chapter 536 for a contested case, except those provisions or amendments which are in conflict with this section, shall apply to and govern the proceedings contained in this subsection and the rights and duties of the parties involved.  The person appealing such an action shall be entitled to present evidence under chapter 536 relevant to the allegations.

  2.  Failure to submit to the examination when directed shall be cause for the revocation of the license of the licensee or denial of the application.  No license may be reinstated or application granted until such time as the examination is completed and delivered to the board or the board withdraws its order.

  3.  Neither the record of proceedings nor the orders entered by the board shall be used against a licensee or applicant in any other proceeding, except for a proceeding in which the board or its members are a party or in a proceeding involving any state or federal agency.

  4.  A licensee or applicant whose right to practice has been affected under this section shall, at reasonable intervals not to exceed twelve months, be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can resume the competent practice of his or her profession or should be granted a license.  The board may hear such motion more often upon good cause shown.

  5.  The board shall promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.

  6.  For purposes of this section, "examination" means a skills, multidisciplinary, or substance abuse evaluation.

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(L. 2011 H.B. 265)

*Word "and" appears in original rolls.


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